KwaMashu-born optometrist gets to call the tune

2014-07-29 00:00

WITH music being his passion since childhood, a local optometrist finally got his big break after winning the MTN Joyous Conductor Experience on Friday.

Ntokozo Dlamini (26), who hails from KwaMashu, said he felt goosebumps when he finally got his opportunity to conduct one of his favourite choirs live on a stage “before thousands”.

Yesterday, he credited an uncle for introducing him to vibrant church choirs, and fostering his love for music. “To conduct one of my most favourite choirs was a bonus,” he added.

Dlamini was left enthralled after beating four others who had applied and auditioned for the opportunity to conduct a song of their choice, on stage with the award-winning MTN Joyous Celebrations Gospel Group.

Dlamini, who works as an optometrist at Eyeline Optometrists in Vryheid, said he could barely contain himself when he was announced the winner. “This is one of my biggest achievements next to obtaining my degree.

“I plan on studying towards a business degree next year and continue to conduct and sing in choirs,” Dlamini said.

At the age of 10, he went to live with his uncle, Reverand Vuyo Dlamini in Pietermaritzburg.

“He was one of my biggest inspirations; he paid for my studies and got me involved in the Methodist Church choir, where I developed a passion for music and my talent progressed.”

Dlamini said he loves listening to gospel singers Ntokozo Mbambo, Nqubeko Mbatha and Joyous Celebration daily.

“When I was given the opportunity to conduct the choir, I tried not to think of all the people who were present and focused on the choir and I gave it my best,” said Dlamini.

Dlamini said he enjoyed reading motivational books but that music formed a part of his life.

“I often visit KwaMashu where music has influenced many of the lives of the youth and they see the beauty of it,” said Dlamini.

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